- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

PRATT, Kan. (AP) - A south-central Kansas man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death last January of an infant.

The Kansas Attorney General’s office says 27-year-old Joseph Sponaugle of Pratt made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges of murder, child abuse and child endangerment.

The criminal complaint did not identify the victim but said the child was born in September of 2013. The Pratt Daily Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1lhSQmn ) it ran an obituary of Sponaugle’s daughter, Aurora Sponaugle, in January. She was born in September 2013.

Sponaugle remains jailed on $1 million bond and no date has been set for his next court appearance. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Pratt County District Attorney Ken Van Blaricum asked the attorney general’s office to prosecute the case.


Information from: Daily Tribune, Pratt, Kan., https://www.pratttribune.com/

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